The Hyundai Santa Cruz is not exactly a revolutionary new model. Rather, think of the old Hyundai pickup as an updated version of the long-depreciated Ford Focus, which features a hard-top lid with no bottom. The new Santa Cruz is available in several different trim packages, each offering a slightly different styling and price point. This means that there is something for every financial situation, or style of the driver. Here are some general vehicle comparisons to help you choose.
Both the front and rear seats are comfortable, with room for a person to recline. The seats adjust easily, providing for a good fit, and easy access to the controls. The back seat is well-padded with a generous amount of storage room, and both the seats are compatible with air conditioners or blankets. Both models offer large doors and a trifold opening to accommodate most SUVs. The Hyundai Santa Cruz has slightly smaller door openings, but the cargo space is larger overall, allowing more items to be stored under it.
Top speed is moderate, going up to twenty-one miles per hour. Off roading is difficult with the hydraulically assisted steering, and the tires are constructed for off road use with grooved tread and low-pressure and deep tread designs. However, all of that maneuverability is compromised when the Hyundai Santa Cruz comes up against a real road hazard, such as a high jump or deep ruts. Handling is heavy, with the steering being firm without being overly aggressive, and the transmission is rather quiet. The Tacoma model offers similar handling on the whole but offers quicker handling thanks to the torque-sensing electric steering.
In both tests, the Hyundai Santa Cruze performed well, scoring over fifty thousand miles at the testing track. The Santa Cruze proved to be a strong performer, handling through all of the usual roads tests, with excellent dynamics, and the top speed allowed to remain constant. However, on the quarter-mile times, the Audi toted the lead, besting the Chevrolet Cruze by just eleven seconds, thanks to an aggressive launch and clutch pedal shift. Despite being the top pick overall, the fuel consumption was also higher, with the sedan finishing up six miles behind the Chevy.
In comparison to its competitors, the Hyundai Santa cruze has all-wheel drive and a standard six-speed manual transmission, although other models may use a torque-converter instead. It has also been built on a modular construction process, with all panels in place including the roof, although the inside has been virtually unchanged from its predecessor. The improvements made on the interior come through the use of high-gloss materials and stylishly contoured seats, as well as upholstery including suede and leather, a real improvement over the bland cabin of many modern sedans.
One aspect that the new sedan lacked was rear seating space, which is one of the most important factors when it comes to finding a car that works best for you. This aspect of handling was addressed by the use of a two-seat driving position, where the driver sits in a deeper and wider position than on previous Santa Cruises. As well as providing more leg room, this improves the all-round safety of the car. Both the front and rear airbags have been modified for passenger safety, with the former using a single-point system while the latter uses a two-point, front and rear-held system. Both systems use variable levels of air pressure to assist the passengers in safety. The two-seat seating position also means the distance to the engine is longer, improving the fuel efficiency of the vehicle and making short trips more comfortable.
Hyundai Santa cruisers have always had good fuel economy, thanks in no small part to their long length and wheelbase. However, the introduction of a two-seat drive makes this all-important aspect of fuel economy even better. Although it only gets a moderate increase in curb weight, the increase in wheelbase makes it easier to manage on the road, where handling is less turbulent. With a smaller engine, the increase in fuel economy is also lessened as the vehicle’s weight is lower, thanks in no small part to the use of 2.5-liter turbocharged engines. Not only does the Hyundai Santa Cruze V6 get a great fuel rating, but it has also led to improvements in its reliability, thanks to some of the latest safety features and tougher crash test scores.
One feature that many owners really appreciated about the Hyundai Santa Cruze was its excellent onboard ride and handling, so we should not be surprised to see improvements here, too. When it comes to handling, the two front seats have been slightly re-designed to improve leg and knee room, while the center section has been revised to offer a smoother, more comfortable ride. The new All Weatherall-branded dashboard has also been made much easier to use, with larger and easier to read buttons, and the all-new center console has been made clearer and easier to use, too. Overall, the Hyundai Santa Cruze is an excellent vehicle for those who value durability and sophistication, at a price that won’t break the bank.